The New York Yankees have been doing pretty well without their captain, Derek Jeter. Jeter, who has been out all season with an ankle injury, should be back after the All-Star Break. When Jeter first got hurt, I felt that things were not going to be the same in the Bronx. Everybody loves watching him play, and many times when the Yankees stage a rally, Jeter is the one who starts it. He is also a mentor to the younger players on the team.
In Jeter’s absence, Robinson Cano has taken on the role of team leader. The season got off to a rough start for the Yankees, as they lost four of their first six games. However, to the surprise of many (including myself), the Yankees are only two games out of first place. The thing that has been the most surprising about the Yanks this season is that half of the team is on the DL and they are still in contention.
The problem with Jeter being on the DL is that his replacements are not very good. Eduardo Nunez is supposed to be the future at shortstop, but before going on the DL, he had zero home runs and four RBI. Jayson Nix has stepped things up in the last week, as he has been hitting .353. David Adams got off to a very good start, but he has not had a hit in a week. He needs to step it up.
It has been reported that Jeter recently took ground balls and swung the bat a few times. This is a good sign, and I am glad to see that he is starting to do baseball activities.
The Yankees could be playing bad without their captain and leader Derek Jeter, but they have been doing better than anyone expected them to.